Apr 30, 2019

Mexico and the Caribbean Dominate the 10 Most Popular International Summer Destinations for American Travelers in 2019

Travel to Cancun Declines, While London and Paris Disappear from Top International Destinations List, Shows Travel Data by Allianz Global Assistance 

 

RICHMOND, VA, April 30, 2019 — Despite a decrease by five percentage points in travel to Cancun, the hotspot still claims the #1 spot for the third year in a row on the 10 most popular international summer destinations for 2019. It is joined by Mexico’s third destination on the list, newcomer Puerto Vallarta (#9), and the Cayman Islands (#10), nabbing a coveted spot on the list for the first time, after placing #14 in 2018, according to a new survey by Allianz Global Assistance.

Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance and assistance company, analyzed customers’ trips planned from May 24, 2019 through September 3, 2019*, and found that all 2019’s top ten international destinations are in Mexico and the Caribbean. Past favorites of London (#9 in 2018 and #7 in 2017) and Paris (#8 in 2018 and #10 in 2017) were absent from the top ten list for the first time.

Mexico’s defunding of the Mexico Tourism Board and closure of its international offices are dramatically impacting visitation, at a time when U.S. State Department alerts have spiked due to crime and drug violence. Summer travel to Cancun will drop significantly this year, with just 10.5 percent compared to 15.7 percent in 2018.

Meanwhile Aruba Island, Aruba (#2) saw an increase from 4 percent in 2018 to 6.6 percent this year, and travel to San José del Cabo, Mexico (#3) increased from 4.3 percent in 2018 to 6.2 percent in 2019. The following round out the list of top international getaways: Nassau, Bahamas (5.7 percent), Higuey, Dominican Republic (5.6 percent), Montego Bay, Jamaica (5.2 percent), Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (3.8 percent), San Juan, Puerto Rico (3.7 percent), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (3.1 percent) and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (2.9 percent).  

Americans traveling domestically this summer are still planning trips to Orlando (7.4 percent), which has topped the list every year, and New York City (4.7 percent), #2 for the second year running. The next most popular domestic destinations are: Seattle (4.0 percent), Las Vegas (3.9 percent), Boston (3.5 percent), Los Angeles (3.5 percent), Maui (3.1 percent), Honolulu (2.8 percent), San Francisco (2.5 percent) and Portland (2.3 percent).

“Americans are staying closer to home this summer, with all top ten international destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico for the first time,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Summer means shoulder season in much of the Caribbean and Mexico, so deals and discounts make it a great time to visit our tropical neighbors. With hurricane season beginning in June, it’s especially important to consider travel insurance for your summer vacations. Remember that once a storm or hurricane has been named, it’s too late to get hurricane coverage, so it’s important to buy travel insurance when booking your trip.”

Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com.

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*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2019 summer travel plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights departing from US airports during 5/24/2019 - 9/3/2019 for trips between 5-8 days in length.

 

Top Domestic Summer Travel Destinations 

Rank 

2019 Domestic City

% of Domestic Offers 

2018 Domestic City

% of Domestic Offers 

2017 Domestic City

% of Domestic Offers 

Orlando

7.4%

Orlando

8.8%

Orlando

8.6%

New York

4.7%

New York

5.5%

Las Vegas

4.7%

Seattle

4.0%

Las Vegas

5.4%

Honolulu

4.3%

Las Vegas

3.9%

Los Angeles

4.0%

Los Angeles

3.7%

Boston

3.5%

Honolulu

3.1%

Seattle

3.4%

Los Angeles

3.5%

Miami

3.1%

San Francisco

3.2%

Maui

3.1%

Seattle

3.0%

Maui

2.9%

Honolulu

2.8%

Boston

2.9%

Boston

2.9%

San Francisco

2.5%

Fort Lauderdale

2.9%

Denver

2.9%

10 

Portland

2.3%

San Francisco

2.6%

Fort Lauderdale

2.6%

 

 

Top International Summer Travel Destinations

Rank 

2019 International City 

% of Int’l Offers 

2018 International City 

% of Int’l Offers 

2017 International City 

% of Int’l Offers 

Cancun, Mexico

10.5%

Cancun, Mexico

15.7%

Cancun, Mexico

16.9%

Aruba Island, Aruba

6.6%

Higuey, Dominican Republic

7.8%

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

5.3%

San José del Cabo, Mexico

6.2%

Montego Bay, Jamaica

5.8%

San José del Cabo, Mexico

4.6%

Nassau, Bahamas

5.7%

Nassau, Bahamas

4.3%

Montego Bay, Jamaica

4.2%

Higuey, Dominican Republic

5.6%

San José del Cabo, Mexico

4.3%

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3.9%

Montego Bay, Jamaica

5.2%

Aruba Island, Aruba

4.0%

Aruba Island, Aruba

3.9%

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

3.8%

London, United Kingdom

3.5%

London, United Kingdom

3.6%

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3.7%

San Juan, Puerto Rico

2.9%

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

3.4%

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

3.1%

Paris, France

2.8%

Nassau, Bahamas

3.2%

10 

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

2.9%

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

2.5%

Paris, France

2.3%

 

 

Allianz Global Assistance USA  

Allianz Global Assistance USA is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) serves 40 million customers annually and is best known for its Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.  

To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visit allianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS. 

 

**Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated "A‐" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101‐C series or 101‐P series, depending on state of residence. Allianz Travel Insurance products are distributed by Allianz Global Assistance, a brand of AGA Service Company or its affiliates.  AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of these plans and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company. Noninsurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.